Cathy Bryan & Eric Rivait


Why did you get into fostering?
I was already volunteering with hart, and when we finally got a house all Inwanted was a dog. Actually lots of dogs. My fiance Eric wasn't so sure we were ready for a dog of our own, so I convinced him to let me start doing staycations. That progressed into full time fostering, and now we have our own dog and continue to foster as well.

Which hart dogs have you fostered?
We had Toby, Quincy, Riker, and Yvette for staycations and have fulltime fostered Angel, Cush (our foster fail), and now Dasher.

What has been the most rewarding aspect to fostering?
Helping your foster dog to come out of their shell to the point that you can start to see their true personality is really amazing. Dasher has definitely been the one to make the biggest transformation, and is a completely different dog than when we started fostering her 7 months ago. She has me laughing all day!

When individuals think it will be too much work or too emotionally taxing, what feedback do you have for them?
It can be a lot of work but it is the most rewarding thing I've ever done, and it's alot of fun. hart has such an amazing community of volunteers and there is a great support network, which really helps make it as easy as possible.  It's always sad when your foster dog is adopted but it's also the best feeling when they find their perfect forever home.

If your foster dog(s) could speak, what do you think they would say to you?
Can I eat it? No? I'm gonna eat it.